Archive for ‘Vintage’

June 22, 2017

Cover Art

Magazine Cover – for a bob you could pick up some good periodical reading material back in the sixties. A 1911 Triumph Model H was vintage even back then… Gordon Little is looking smart in his macintosh and beret. One color as long as it’s blue!

February 11, 2017

International Motorcycle Show

On Display – plenty of new motorcycle models to ogle over, swing a leg over, and consider as real-world rides. The vast acres of Rosemont Convention Center contained the shiny, colorful products of the two-wheeled industry. Obviously Triumph was well represented, but we also enjoyed the models from Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, and the Big Kawasakis. Indian Vee-Twins; Royal Enfield singles; Guzzi’s and Ducatis; and the sumptuous Teutonic BMW’s. A splendid collection of vintage cycles, as well as the usual polishes, sunglasses and patches. I’ll spend the coming week posting the show offerings (we don’t need to look at the Moto-chatchkis.)

The Thruxton is a gorgeous bike, but I think I’m a bit tall for it. The larger GS styled bikes are more my going.

Oh yeah! They had complimentary tattoo’s too.

January 16, 2017

Spiritual Speed

Gallipoli Galloper – beautiful period photograph from a century ago of the Reverend Cecil Howard Edwards who served as the army chaplain for the ANZAC troops. I’m sure he experienced the worst of humanity in the Dardanelles. His model of transport is a Triumph Model H 500cc to get around Southern Queensland. 

May 23, 2016

Flex your muscles

Another bevy of two wheeled beauties to behold from the Hebron show. This time a selection of big Zed Kawasakis from the seventies. Each different to their owners tastes but all rideable as hell! 

April 4, 2016

Need a light?

“Over There! The week ahead is just around the corner!” Here’s 20’s light entertainer Leslie Henson pointing the way with wife Madge Saunders acting as driver. Outfit is a late teens Douglas. 

February 11, 2016

The Tail of a …

 A woodland Sprite in its natural surroundings.  A damp day on the Talmag Trial glimmers off this Vincent Comet. It makes my Cub look like a common toerag.   
Girdraulic fork at the front end and a hardtail rear. Phil’s box spine frame acts as the fuel tank for a narrow profile. It’s a nice looking greenlane tool.

Ably photographed by:

January 10, 2016

Watery Shadow

The Swiss Watch of motorcycles: Vincent. Here captured in delicate watercolor by an able handed artist Louise Jennison. 

August 16, 2015

MCC Villa Park Vintage Motorcycle Show 

Though it was a hot 90 degree day we managed to get out to the west suburbs where a well attended show took place at the Triumph Ducati dealer in Villa Park. The parking lot was divided into show bikes and parked bikes. I had mine in the common or garden parked bikes. There was a great selection of clean examples of old rides in both areas. This little original condition Benelli starts things off. Small in stature but grand in character.

A ’73 Harley Davidson combination owner was very proud of her outfit. She had toted a tree in the chair earlier this year. Wherever she drive it people would wave and cheer!

Another outfit: this time a BMW r75 wartime rig. Fully dressed for European action with MG34 machine gun, jerry cans and trailer. A true enthusiast.

The parking lot contained new Triumphs, this new Royal Enfield Continental GT, Beemers, Kawasakis, Hondas, an odd Harley or two. Motorcycle gawkers heaven! This week I’ll show the congregation of Nortons, Beezas, and other fine examples of older machines.

July 12, 2015

when character has be built enough…

Old motorcycles are great: they have character, every ride is an adventure, you learn a lot about mechanics, a deep connection to history, other riders always talk to you about your ride, kids wave from the backseat of cars, they sound like a deep resonant music, smell as a aged machine with miles under its tires, air through its feathers, you learn what your level of patience can be…

But…. A new Speed Triple would be just marvelous!

Marvelous! Push button, no nonsense twist ‘n’ ride….

Pennies accepted to fill the piggy bank!

July 1, 2015

More Goodies

there was plenty of eye candy at Motoblot. Each belonged to a dedicated owner who loves showing off their steed. Each washed to a mirror shine reflecting admirers faces in their perfectly designed curves. Each represents a history unto itself.

What was old now is new:

Indian. The new cruiser looks set for a haul along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. The old police bike would be a great ‘big road’ rider. 

  Kawasaki? Team Green knows about power – like this canny Eddie Lawson bicep is set for action.  
The Purple People Eater:  two stoke powerband terror of the seventies would scare the mane off a lion. The Mach IV 

The bumblebee world traveller is the much desired BMW GS1000. Big legs for long distances. 

A weary looking edge worn Beemer yearns for Barvarian strasse to plod along…

 More fun than a barrel of baby sloth (look it up you’ll agree that’s a lot of fun!)

May 13, 2015

100 years ago…


After yesterday’s beautiful example of a century-old survivor here is an old image of the Trusty Triumph when it was the cutting edge two-wheeled speedster. This is a 1915 view of an owner and his ride in New Zealand. Even commemorated on a stamp…


Tin sign of some flat capped chap haring along on his H across a rural landscape. Hints & Tips? Watch your trousers don’t get caught in that ruddy leather belt drive chain!


May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day


We all have a mother and, for the greater part, owe our upbringing to become the sensible (!) people we are. They made sure we didn’t waver from our path ahead: holding our hands when it was rocky, listening when it looked daunting, and an encouraging nudge when it seemed foggy. Most importantly they are the first love of our lives, unconditionally!

“Ma! I’m getting a tattoo!”

April 16, 2015

There’s a lot of it about


Goon, poet, artillery signaller, Irish. That’s Spike Milligan who would be 98 today. His off kilter buffoonery was fresh air in a world of stale comedy.
Say Bazonka every day 
That’s what my grandma used to say 
It keeps at bay the Asian Flu’ 
And both your elbows free from glue. 
So say Bazonka every day 
(That’s what my grandma used to say) 

Don’t say it if your socks are dry! 
Or when the sun is in your eye! 
Never say it in the dark 
(The word you see emits a spark) 
Only say it in the day 
(That’s what my grandma used to say) 

Young Tiny Tim took her advice 
He said it once, he said it twice 
he said it till the day he died 
And even after that he tried 
To say Bazonka! every day 
Just like my grandma used to say. 

Now folks around declare it’s true 
That every night at half past two 
If you’ll stand upon your head 
And shout Bazonka! from your bed 
You’ll hear the word as clear as day 
Just like my grandma used to say!

He sits on a Wooler motorcycle. Some publicity shot from the Veteran & Vintage magazine in 1968.

March 1, 2015

Cowboys & Indians

The two major American motorcycle makers have bikes going back well into the last Century.


Here is an original condition 1915 Indian from Springfield MA. Just needs a few essentials for a go at the Coast-to-Coast Cannonball Run.


In another corner sitting idly and in more complete condition is a late 30’s/early 40’s Harley Davidson Knucklehead. My favourite Milwaukee Moto.

Again both are located in Pickers Store …. Photos by Dean Rennie.

February 17, 2015



Daylight from all sides. Yup I’d take this space to fettle away at my moto mechanics.  Bike stand, bench, tool racks. Just need a kettle…